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The award
MPhil

How long you will study
2 years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Education at Queen's University Belfast

We undertake a wide range of educational research. Staff research expertise can support projects in the areas of pedagogy, learning assessment and curriculum as well as human rights, equality and social cohesion. Underpinning all of our research is a commitment to achieving a real impact in the lives of educators and learners with a strong emphasis on ethical engagement.

Education staff play a major role in the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, in particular the 'What Works for Schools' strand. This is a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre comprising over 90 academic and research staff. We are also home to three other globally recognised research centres:

  • Centre for Behaviour Analysis
  • Centre for Children's Rights
  • Centre for Shared Education

Research Strengths

The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work provides a rich and vibrant context for educational research.gThe core discipline of Education at Queen's is one of the leading areas for educational research in the UK and Ireland and our educationa' research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87 per cent of the research undertaken within this subjectl assessed as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' (REF, 2014).

Our research comprises a variety of methodologies, among which are randomised control trials; ethnographic, children's rights-based, multidisciplinary, projective and constructivist methodologies, and large-scale attitudinal surveys. Innovations in methodology, as well as developing innovative practice, are key drivers of our research activity. The wider influence of research is also evident in the extensive involvement of staff and students in key national and international research networks and our ability to attract major international conferences to Queen's.

"'I chose Queen's because of the close-knit community of focused researchers and I haven't been disappointed! The University hosts leading experts in various topics and there is always someone available to discuss new ideas. The School of Education is very dedicated to advancing research and this ambition is really paying off, most notably with being ranked 4th out of 76 institutions for research intensity!'"Ciara Keenan

Career Prospects

Many of our Phd graduates have moved into academic and research roles in Higher Education while others go on to play leading roles in educational practice, the public sector or within NGO's. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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  • The awardMPhilHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

A range of competitive scholarships are available including those from the Department for Economy (Home/EU), and awards from the China Scholarship Council. For a full range of studentship opportunities for 2017, please see the University's Graduate School website and the Scholarships section of the School website.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider,or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. A 2.2 may also be considered Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select your country from the list on our International Students website.

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

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